Sweet Georgia Brown

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This is an online lesson for the fiddle tune "Sweet Georgia Brown."
This lesson is by special request for my friend David.

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Genre: Bluegrass, Old Time
Skill Level: Intermediate, Advanced
Keys of G and F

You may download and use any of the MP3s and tablature for your personal use. However, please do not make them available online or otherwise distribute them.

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Video #1: Here is a video of me performing the fiddle tune "Sweet Georgia Brown."

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"Sweet Georgia Brown" is a jazz standard and pop tune written in 1925 by Ben Bernie and Maceo Pinkard (music) and Kenneth Casey (lyrics).

Reportedly Ben Bernie came up with the concept for the song's lyrics - although he is not the accredited lyricist - after meeting Dr. George Thaddeus Brown in New York City: Dr. Brown, a longtime member of the State House of Representatives for Georgia, told Bernie about Dr. Brown's daughter Georgia Brown and how subsequent to the baby girl's birth on August 11, 1911 the Georgia General Assembly had issued a declaration that she was to be named Georgia after the state, an anecdote which would be directly referenced by the song's lyric: "Georgia claimed her - Georgia named her."

The tune was first recorded on March 19, 1925 by bandleader Ben Bernie, resulting in a five-week No. 1 for Ben Bernie and his Hotel Roosevelt Orchestra.

 

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  • #11441
    John (BGD)John (BGD)
    Keymaster

    This lesson is by special request for my friend David.

    Sweet Georgia Brown

    #11444
    Great ScottGreat Scott
    Moderator

    Ah, sweet Georgia Brown! How could I ever forget her!

    *** The crowd stands and a thunderous applause echoes through the concert hall*** BRAVO!!! BRAVO!!! FATASTICO! PIÙ!!! PIÙ!!! PIÙ!!!

    Luv, luv, LUV that 1920’s feel! I have been waiting all night for this!

    This was excellent, John! And the smile on your face and the sigh at the end makes me think you really enjoyed playing it and were so happy with your performance / recording of it. I liked your improvised version the best!

    Well done, buddy! Well done!! 🙂

    #11448
    JustineJustine
    Participant

    I love that song! Wonderful arrangement, John and your playing is superb!

    #11468
    AvatarAngela
    Participant

    AWESOME, John! That was outstanding playing! OK…this is next on my list!
    Thanks so much for all the great resources for the lesson. If I sleep on my laptop tonight, can I just absorb all this???!!

    I might add a basketball to my routine, too…

    Angela

    #11480
    John (BGD)John (BGD)
    Keymaster

    I though about playing this while spinning a basketball on my bow-tip, but then I decided that would just be too much showboating.

    #11487
    AvatarDavid B
    Participant

    Wow John, What a fantastic lesson. This exceeds anything I ever imagined. You are an amazing teacher and if possible an even better fiddle player. Thanks so much for everything you do. I am so glad to have found this site. I will always be awe of your ability, dedication and sincere appreciation of music and helping others. You are truly an inspiration to us all.
    THANK YOU!!!!

    #11495
    AvatarGoldberry
    Participant

    That was REALLY impressive! That performance video is just amazing. I’m definitely re-inspired!

    #11497
    AvatarBarbara
    Participant

    That was HOT!!!! Sweet, swingin’, fast and sassy! WOW! I love it, John! I can’t wait until I achieve intermediate level skill so I can give that a go.

    Thanks!!

    #11996
    nagumaqnagumaq
    Participant

    Wow John ! That was awesome. Cant wait to get there, that one place where I can take the precious time for this one , love those octaves in unison and all the slides ooooo, so nice,thanks John, your amazing.Great lesson,incredibly smooth and flavorful playing !!!

    #12001
    FrederickFrederick
    Participant

    I thoroughly enjoyed this lesson, John. A lot of hard work on your part. My sincere “Thanks” for a job well done. I learned this tune in F Major some time ago, but playing it in G is exciting as it’s easier to get “bluesy” with it. Wonderful.

    #19907
    nagumaqnagumaq
    Participant

    OOOOOO Cant wait :O)
    Gu

    #19914
    John (BGD)John (BGD)
    Keymaster

    Go for it, Gu!

    #27016
    Avatarjaltman0
    Participant

    I am working through your wonderful arrangement.

    Found the Christiaan Van Hemert Youtube video and I see why you credit him:

    Also stumbled upon this – an interesting historical aspect to the tune:

    http://historyharvest.unl.edu/items/show/183

    Question: You teach it in G. But also play it in F. Which key is more common or favored and by whom?

    Thanks for all you have done.

    Jeremy

    #27034
    nagumaqnagumaq
    Participant

    Gypsy Jazz violin rules ?❤️?????, thanks for the video,
    Gu

    #27043
    John (BGD)John (BGD)
    Keymaster

    Yes! A lot of my break is Christiaan Van Hemert, so I had to give him a shout out in the video. That dude is completely awesome.

    Most bluegrass guitar players like to pitch the song in ‘G’ so they can play all their favorite G-runs without putting the capo on the 10th fret. 🙂  Sometimes, as a fiddler, you are simply at the mercy of the guitar and banjo. They both hate the key of F.

    #28245
    FrederickFrederick
    Participant

    John, your playing of the advanced version brings tears to my eyes. Tears of joy for how well you’re interpreting this piece. Wonderful, wonderful playing.

    Thanks so much.

    Fred.

    #28248
    John (BGD)John (BGD)
    Keymaster

    Wow Fred, thank you! That is a great compliment, especially coming from you. It is great to hear from you!

    #28254
    AvatarAngela
    Participant

    Fred!  You put this back on my radar screen.

    So, tonight, I’ve learned the run-down intro, and boy was that fun and cool!!!  So, this is the next one I’m learning for sure.  Stop the presses.

    John, thanks for this great lesson.  For the advanced call and repeat, I’m only getting audio.  Is it just me?  The other videos are fine.

    Look out, globetrotters, you’ll have a new band member soon.  :^D

    Angela

    #28459
    AvatarAngela
    Participant

    I just took a quick visit to NOLA…first time there.  I’m inspired!!  Learned a lot musically.  Came back and continued working on this one.  I have a basic beginning version down.  Now I’m working on the intermediate you have here.

    John, another improv question we’ve sort of already covered….but, when you do the last improv break on your video here (which is awesome) are you thinking chords at all….or are you just totally letting your ear lead you?

    And, if you’re thinking chords….what are you thinking?  and if you’re just letting your ear lead you, what is your inspiration?  Does that make sense?

    ah….what the heck….I’m attaching what I have so far…..I have a long way to go.  But a journey of a 1000 miles starts with 1 step, right????

    Angela

    #28464
    nagumaqnagumaq
    Participant

    Lovely Angela, my goodness that sounded fine alright, you got it back on my radar now! Yeeeehaw, is it the fiddle , the strings, the bridge , the love you put into it, You, what a great sound your making all together, nice violin ! Is it the diy one? ?

    Have a great day!

    Gu

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